JD.com has promised to hire more than 20,000 people who are out of work due to the coronavirus while it begins making drone deliveries to cut off locations.
The Chinese ecommerce giant is making major moves to help “minimize the impact of the epidemic” on the world’s second largest economy.
Businesses across China, including many delivery firms on which many communities rely on for goods, have been severely disrupted by the outbreak as and many have shut down to prevent the spread of the virus.
This has led to the displacement of swathes of workers and the Chinese government has made saving jobs and supporting stable employment a priority.
JD.com has pledged to hire tens of thousands of temporary workers displaced by the outbreak in its warehouse and delivery operations.
More than 700 employees from around 10 different companies have already found work through this initiative, and it said it is continuing to work with partners, staffing agencies and restaurants to recruit people in thousands of cities.
“It is JD’s responsibility to work with partners and help them and their employees get through this special time,” head of human recources at JD.com’s grocery arm 7Fresh Chunhua Cao said.
Meanwhile JD.com has begun delivering goods via drone to areas effectively cut off by the widespread lockdown due to many delivery companies ceasing operations.
As internet shopping across the country skyrockets while shoppers seek to avoid human contact, JD.com is using its autonomous delivery drones to help areas like Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
JD.com said that it plans to employ its drones in other regions such as Hohhot, Inner Mongolia and Jilin.